May peace be upon us.
First, let us praise to the presence of God, the Merciful God who has bestowed our pleasures, for the health, the opportunities, and the happiness we feel today. Without His mercy, it would be impossible for all of us to meet in this remarkable opportunity. Secondly, Shalawat and greetings remain poured to the Prophet Muhammad SAW who has been guiding us.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure in welcoming all of you to the triannual Animal Production International Seminar (APIS). On its fourth establishments, with the theme of “Strengthening Research and Networking for Sustainable Animal Production in the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0”, the Animal Production International Seminar is aiming to discuss issues which has been and may occur during the current industrial shift in regards to scientific research and stakeholders’ networking of sustainable animal production.
Over the course of history, mankind has continuously perfected the industrial process, not only relying on technical evolution but also by reinventing it as new resources, thus have created new technical means. In the first era of industrial revolution, mechanization along with steam engine inventions has revolutionized various sectors, replacing agriculture with industry as the economic structure foundations. In the second industrial revolution, gas and oil has emerged as the new source of energy, replacing steam power which has revolutionized the first industrial era. During the second industrial revolution, the technological advancements also initiated the development of chemical synthesis, which has provided us with fabric, dyes, and in the sector of agriculture, industrial production of synthetic fertilizers began to emerge. Nearly a century later, in the second half of the 20th century, a third industrial revolution emerged with the rise of electronics, which gave rise to the research of biotechnology, automatons, and robots. Today, a fourth industrial revolution is in underway, which builds upon the third revolution and the digital revolution that has been taking place since the internet. The industry of today and tomorrow will connect all production means to enable their interaction in real time. Factories 4.0 enable communication among the different players and connected objects in production line possible by the help of technology such as Cloud, Big Data Analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things.
Beloved guests, looking back to the history of industrial revolution, the shift towards industry 4.0 is unstoppable and will affects every sector, not to mention, animal production sectors. It offers opportunities and better productions, while a delay in adaption will be harmful in the long run, thus collaborations between government, academicians, scientists and professionals is essential to adjust the new industrial platform. Improvements toward digitalization should be done, so that the policy making, research implementation and network development between alumni and stakeholders could be done in synergy, in a faster and efficient way, so that a more sustainable animal production can be achieved.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me close my talk by welcoming you once again, welcome you to the Faculty of Animal Science, University of Brawijaya. It is an honor to be here with you today: well-known experts, researchers and stakeholders from the industries and society, who have been invited to share the views and researches, and to discuss the respected matters in the 4th Animal Production International Seminar. I hope you all have an engaging and enriching session ahead.